Businesses are invited to apply for a three-year outdoor dining permit.

The Outdoor Dining Pilot Program provides a post-pandemic model for reimagining how we utilize our public spaces while promoting a vibrant economy. In June 2022, Boulder City Council voted unanimously to expand the pilot program for five years through Oct. 31, 2027.

The program considers several influencing factors that emerged during the rapid expansion of outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic, including safety, accessibility, equity and operations. A total of 25 businesses are currently participating.

“300 days of sunshine per year means 300 opportunities to use our patio,” said Jake Novotny, owner of Jungle on the West End. “Our street side patio nearly doubled the square footage of our restaurant bringing more money to our employees and more security for us during periods of cold weather and slower business. Guests love our outdoor space, and we love to be able to work outside too!”

This year’s annual application window for participation in the pilot program is Thursday, Feb. 1 through Friday, March 1, 2024, for three-year permits. The permit includes an annual revocable permit fee and a lease fee if leasing infrastructure from the city, as well as applicable licensing and permitting application fees. Visit the Outdoor Dining Pilot Program website for more information and details on how to apply.